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Research Scientist (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

ProsSRI operates as a large number of research centers, each with its own culture, focus and priorities. There's some effort to align things at the corporate level, but really, the centers run as businesses (but with a system so centers experiencing a downturn may be 'carried' by ones that stay profitable). In research, positions are really what you make them. You need to hunt for new projects, be entrepreneurial, and develop relationships with customers. If you do that, you have a lot of security and job satisfaction. If you don't, you may have pretty good job security but you'll be marginalized pretty quickly. Get to know your center director--if you don't, you probably won't get the best projects.

SRI offers some pretty nice benefits, not like Google or Apple but it emphasizes work-life balance. Really, it's an academic institution at heart even after being separated from Stanford for so many years. Good commuter subsidies, health club subsidies, social opportunities.

Cons- Lower than standard pay (granted, it's a non-profit so "bonuses" are not common)
- Infrastructure is out-of-date but expensive, so overhead rate are high
- Administrative processes are bureaucratic and archaic, although top management seems to be working on this.
- Not a big fan of their health insurance plans, but in line with orgs of this size (500-5000 employees)
- Heavily dependent on Defense Department for revenues and business opportunities. Civilian research activities are strong, but national & homeland security issues are the priority areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementSRI probably talks the talk better than it walks the walk when it comes to innovation, but this situation is improving. There's a lot of pressure to avoid rocking the boat. The strength of SRI is its breadth of knowledge--there are experts about EVERYTHING here. It's way too tough to find out who they are, get to know them, and especially to get them involved in projects.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    SRI IT experience - it feels good to be out of there

    Former IT staff member, now happily employed elsewhere (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I worked at SRI International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros: Good work/life balance, good and open company culture ( outside of IT), business customers are… Cons: New IT management is in striking mis-alignment with the company's open culture; extremely low morale in IT, lots of politics and dishonesty, very hostile work… Advice to Senior Management: To IT management: "Enable and Amplify" should start with your own internal staff - listen to them,… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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    SRI IT mis-management run amok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at SRI International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros: STI IT used to be for many many years a nice work environment where the former CIO made sure… Cons: SRI CEO and his team apparently lack either IT focus, or common sense in selecting CIO successors, or both. Unfortunately, the new CIO they have… Advice to Senior Management: CEO and SRI Board needs to get some 'street smarts', and shed their 'coke bottle' science professor eye glasses.. Apparently, they have lost their way… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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